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incised on top left of self-base: Geric[a]u [lt scratched out]; to its right, on same line: Ge[ricault]

Provenance

(Reportedly Gericault's Paris atelier sale, 2-3 November 1824); allegedly purchased by Susse.[1] Sold by spring 1867 to Maurice Cottier [d. before July 1882], Paris.[2] Madame Cottier, his widow, by 1889;[3] Cottier descendants, until February 1958; (Alex Reid & Lefèvre Ltd., London), by 1958;[4] purchased 25 October 1960 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia;[5] gift 1980 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1866
Cercle de l'Union artistique, Paris, 1866.
1889
Exposition Centennale de l'Art Français, Paris, 1889, no. 85.
1960
XIX and XX Century French Paintings and Sculpture, Lefevre Gallery, London, 1960, no. 38, repro.
1974
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist.
Bibliography
1866
Lagrange, Léon. "Bulletin mensuel. Mars 1866. Exposition du Cercle de l'Union Artistique." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 1st ser., 20, no. 4 (1 April 1986): 400.
1866
Rousseau, Jean. "Chronique des arts." L'Univers illustré 9th yr., 525 (April 1866): 214.
1868
Clément, Charles. Géricault. Etude biographique et critique. Paris, 1868: 325.
1872
Mantz, Paul. "La Galerie de M. Maurice Cottier." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 2nd ser., 5 (1 May 1872): 382.
1882
Blondel, Spire. "Les Modeleurs en cire (troisième et dernier article)." Gazette des Beaux-Arts ser. 2, 26 (1 November 1882): 437.
1960
"Notable Works of Art Now on the Market" (advertisement supplement section). The Burlington Magazine 102, no. 687 (June 1960): pl. 16.
1965
Peignot, Jérome. "Géricault Sculpteur." Connaissance des Arts 155 (1965): 48, repro. p. 47.
1973
Eitner, Lorenz. Charles Clément: Géricault [sic]. 1879 reprint with supplement. Paris, 1973: 325, no. 1; 460, no. 1.
1973
Schmoll, J.A. "Géricault Sculpteur. A propos de la découverte d'une statuette en plâtre d'un moribond." Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français (1973): 320, no. 1.
1978
Grunchec, Philippe. Gericault, tout l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1978: 148, no. 21.
1980
Hargrove, June. "Flayed Horse." In The Romantics to Rodin: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture from North American Collections. Peter Fusco and H.W. Janson, eds. 5 venues. New York, 1980: 285.
1983
Eitner, Lorenz. Gericault. His Life and Work. London, 1983: 333 n. 113.
1991
Laveissière, Sylvain. "Cheval échorché." In Géricault. Exh. cat. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1991: 335.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 96, repro.
2000
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 253-259, color repro.
2000
National Gallery of Art Special Issue. Connaissance des Arts. Paris, 2000:62.